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Video game review: Batman: Arkham Origins

Video game review: Batman: Arkham Origins

Video game review: Batman: Arkham Origins
December 17
12:47 2013

Connor Trinske /Contributing Writer

Rating: 7.6 / 10

In 2009, the video game world was changed forever with the introduction of Batman: Arkham Asylum. By giving gamers the opportunity to roam freely as Batman, the game revolutionized the “superhero genre.” It’s sequel, Batman Arkham City, was just as impressive and even improved in a few areas. After two fantastic games in a row, this year’s Batman Arkham Origins, a prequel of the first, had much to live up to and simply did not.

With WB Montreal taking up the mantle from Rocksteady Studios, plenty of fans were concerned that the new studio couldn’t maintain the established quality. If Origins is any indication, they might be right. Even if WB Montreal lacks the prominence of the previous developer, they still managed to create a respectable Batman game.

While it sounds like standard prequel fare, the story and characters give the game its opportunity to shine. Crime lord Black Mask has placed a $50 million bounty on Batman’s head attracting eight deadly assassins to Gotham City on Christmas Eve. While the story begins with Batman’s determination to take down the criminals and find Black Mask, the narrative soon evolves into something more intriguing featuring some well-executed plot twists. Perhaps the most impactful scene is the Joker’s monologue deftly performed by Troy Baker.

Arkham City’s monumental FreeFlow combat system remains, but most combat encounters are identical in presentation and stale in execution. Sadly, this includes boss fights, which are anti-climactic throughout. Combat is not entirely without advancement though, as new enemy types such as the Venom User and the Martial Artist serve to provide brief variety.

There is only one element of the game that cuts deeper than its flatly underwhelming battles: its thoroughly disappointing world. Those expecting to explore the city and fight crime in the “expanded Gotham” advertised during development will be let down. The unhappy truth is that roughly half of the map is merely a redone version of Arkham City and all crimes-in-progress remain the same. The map and surroundings could have been the aspect which set this game apart from its predecessors, but it was left unimproved.

Secondary missions suffer from this pervasive lack of original content as most of them are either  quests or collectibles that are too repetitive to be enjoyable, including Riddler’s “puzzles.” This doesn’t diminish the potential a select few of these missions have, however, as the new crime scene analysis system allows for some fascinating ways to locate clues and capture suspects.

Ultimately, Arkham Origins is a flawed but moderately enjoyable game that relies a bit too heavily on the series’ past triumphs. While the content still works to great effect, hopefully WB Montreal can add more original features in the future.

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